Vintage is hot now in Lisbon, with a few shops opening in the last year selling only quality vintage Portuguese consumer products, which is quite an achievement from my reckoning.
These new shops have in them another kind of memories than the ones that I speak about above and are much more turned to the consumer good of this rising vintage trend. In places like “A Vida Portuguesa” in Chiado or the “Loja Portugueza” in Baixa you have the chance to buy soaps, perfumes, cooking utensils, music, canned food, books and lots more items which are manufacture nowadays with the same unique design from the past century.
If you're looking for a real memento of Portugal, forget about tourist shops and come here. Opened by a former journalist, Vida Portuguesa looks like an old fashioned pharmacy and stocks a jumble of what were once everyday goods – traditional soaps, kitchen tools, jams and sweets, plastic models of saints. Even if you're not buying it’s worth a look as a living piece of anthropology.
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Local Shopping in A Vida Portuguesa
A Vida Portuguesa is an eclectic store that holds only Portuguese brands and products for the home; from handmade olive oil soaps to home decor, shoes, vintage posters, you name it. There is also an online store, but there is nothing like visiting the shop and smelling the soaps and candles.